Almost Paradise

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  • Title: Almost Paradise
  • Author: Susan Isaacs
  • ISBN: 9780061847066
  • Page: 305
  • Format: ebook
  • Fate can be benevolent Or incredibly cruel That s what Nick and Jane will learnJust take their relationship Nick is stunningly handsome, the blue eyed scion of a blue blood New York family Rich, talented, confident, he will become the world s most famous movie star Jane is delightfully funny, a dark skinned, dark haired, half Jewish, half German daughter of the MidFate can be benevolent Or incredibly cruel That s what Nick and Jane will learnJust take their relationship Nick is stunningly handsome, the blue eyed scion of a blue blood New York family Rich, talented, confident, he will become the world s most famous movie star Jane is delightfully funny, a dark skinned, dark haired, half Jewish, half German daughter of the Midwest Smart, gifted, loving, she will become famous in her own right as wellFrom the time they first meet in their Social and Intellectual History of the U.S course at Brown University, it s love at first sight Coming together from two very different worlds, they will cast off adversity and disapproval to forge a life filled with work, love, and children.But fame and success come at a high price their marriage Just when it seems the promise of their love might be renewed, an accident leaves Jane hovering between life and death Now, it s not only their union that might not survive, but Jane tooAlmost Paradise is vintage Susan Isaacs, a witty, poignant, and engrossing tale of a man, a woman, and a passion wondrous, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.

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    1. I learned that you can't hit one out of the park every time. For all the detail, and the back story, and the excruciating detail, the ending sucked.I think I was so mad at the end of this book that I threw it away. I couldn't believe I had read thru what amounted to 500 years of personal stories and trials and tribulations, and that was the ending I got.Read Shining Through instead. Shoot, I was so mad at this one, I'd say if you're tempted to read it, just go do some volunteer work instead. Tha [...]

    2. Again, I've read it all, but this book had one of the most relatable narrators I can remember. Jewish, smart and ambitious, unhappy family, big, big loved a happy ending that unravels, and has to be won all over again. A great big happy feast of a book that I put into as many peoples' hands as I can.

    3. I don't know what to think exactly. I hated the endingHATED iteven though I'm usually okay with "realistic" or unhappily ever after endings, this one sucked. All the biographical detail through multiple generations of both main characterswhy? It read like it was non-fiction about real people, but I didn't see how it helped the story. The writing was good, the characters well-developed, and most of the storyline was interesting. BUTe ending sucked. I wanted to throw the book away and wondered why [...]

    4. I first read this book in high school, and I loved the heartbreaking story. I always remembered this book in the back of my head ("ere was an actor, with a wife, and they separate") but couldn't remember the name of the book until a few years ago when it suddenly came to me. Not the best book ever written by any means, but I loved the characters.

    5. Gee, 673 pages dedicated to generations and generations of bad marriages. Most of which would not have been bad if the freakin' participants actually communicated with each other. By the end, I was rooting for all the characters TO DIE. It was that bad.

    6. I did NOT like this book. I have enjoyed Susan Isaacs in the past but none of her usual humor comes through here, except the occasional sharp observation. The majority of the characters are unpleasant, and I found there to be a lot of casual cruelty that finally was almost disturbing. As others have noted, a lot of pages are spent on the pre-history: parents, grandparents, early life. But way too many of these folks are overly flawed. Yeah, yeah, their flaws are part of the characters of their p [...]

    7. What a disappointment!!What a disappointment!!This book had me right from the start. The story was interesting and I really enjoyed the whole family saga. Of course Jane and Nick were made for each other. Of course Jane and Nick were meant to be.And then boom the ending knocked me right off my seat and not in a good way. That's all I'm going to say. It's up to you if you want to put yourself through the wringer this book turned out to be.

    8. I first read this book nearly 30 years agoobably late 1985 or early 1986. The reason I remember that so clearly is I was expecting our first sond fell in love with the name of the lead male character so we ended up naming our son Nicholas. At that time I was a young, busy working mom of 2 and military wife so the fact I even managed to find the time to read was unusual. But this book resonated with me so much that even though I couldn't necessarily remember all of the details (eventually even th [...]

    9. Never have I given a Susan Isaacs book a bad review. But I just finished this and (SPOILER ALERT! STOP READING NOW IF YOU PLAN TO READ THIS BOOK!) I am just so annoyed and disappointed with the ending. Not only that, but I came very close to giving up on this book in the beginning, but stuck with it, and, until I got to the ending, was glad I did. After the first chapter, the book goes into flashback, giving the family history of the two main characters, husband and wife Nicholas and Jane Coblei [...]

    10. Didn't like the ending - didn't see it coming and it seemed unnecessary. It was kind of interesting to read a book that was actually written in 1984 rather than one in which the author writes currently as if it was 1984. Also, after reading too many shorter novels with not as much character development it was good to read a more complete-feeling book.

    11. Susan Isaacs is a rich storyteller who creates characters that come right off the page! Nicholas and Jane - he an old-money aristocrat, she a spunky and charming actress - meet and fall in love as college students. When he hits it big as a famous Hollywood actor, their marriage and their lives become much more complicated than they'd planned. Part family saga, part romance, this book will draw you in and you'll be sad to leave all of the characters behind when you're done. Great for any fans of [...]

    12. Almost Paradise was too much--too much backstory, too many generations depicted, too many forays into subplots and secondary characters I didn't give a flip about. The sex was too graphic, the morality too sketchy, and the ending too sad. I'm not saying Isaacs failed to employ her considerable story-shaping skills, but this saga was not for me. I'm giving it 3 stars because I finished it, but it wasn't a happy read from any angle.

    13. One of my all time favorite books. A wonderful love story and 'understanding why we are as we are' books. Funny too.

    14. This is the story of Nicholas and Jane Cobleigh. Nicholas is an amazingly handsome and wealthy actor. Women are always throwing themselves at him. Jane is an intelligent, funny woman who develops a phobia that keeps her in her home for six years.The story begins with Jane flying to London to try to reconcile with Nick. She is involved in a horrible car accident. The book then flashes back to the generations of Nick and Jane's ancestors. This part of the book was tedious and went on for a long ti [...]

    15. I loved the characters and her writing. So sad to see how people mess up their relationships. I am not happy with the ending. So much humor in this book but it's balanced with so much pain. Disturbing.

    16. One of the best by the queen of 1980's chick litI read this years ago and just re-read it. As always great character development as two people in a great love match grapple with family dynamics, rags-to-riches and stardom. Tragedy, mental illness, alcoholism, marital infidelity all come into play. Great light read!

    17. I had forgot that I read this book until I saw it on a list of lists on . I can recall thinking it was ok, I enjoyed reading about Nick and Jan parents which help explain why their views created conflict in their marriage. It read like a soap opera to me. I was frustrated with Nora sacrificing her ambitions for Nick's ambitions and Nick knowingly become more and more self absorbed despite seeing the troubles it caused. Ugh! What happened to Jane, the young confident actress Nick met in college?! [...]

    18. This was painfully bad. First, the independent strong woman gave up her job, her identity and her freedom to support her narcissistic husband in his career path. She didn't even volunteer. And no bad cook reads a French cookbook and becomes a gourmet chef. You have the taste or you don't. And she went her entire life getting bad sex with men who met their own needs. One didn't know what she was missing and the other made intimacy a mechanical event. Creepy. The author did seem to enjoy writing a [...]

    19. What a wonderful entertaining read.My first read, from Susan Isaacs, and it's not going to be my last.I found this book in a box, in front of a house that were moving out, the box was full of many books from the 80s, a brilliant collection, can't wait to read them all.Almost Paradise was a page turner, a long read, but too interesting to care.Nicholas and Jane were two characters that were easy to fall in love with. A beautiful love story of two different people from two different backgrounds, b [...]

    20. Susan Isaacs is one of my all-time favorite authors. The Isaacs givens: snapping hilarious dialogue, spot-on descriptions, the x-factor that makes reading her stories as absorbing as being under hypnosis are all there. I re-read Almost Paradise recently and was struck by how creative Isaac's structure is. She spends time setting up the background of the two main characters by focusing on generations prior and only then focuses on the two mains, giving each equal time. By the time we get to Nick [...]

    21. I don't remember how this book got on my radar but I had to wait almost 2 months for it due to all the holds at the library. So I was really surprised when I got it and realized it had been published in 1984.I loved it. Just loved it. It's A Love Story meets The Notebook meets an unauthorized biography of a dude that isn't actually Paul Newman or Robert Redford but might as well be. It's so very detailed about the couple's back story. Both of their stories start with their grandparents. Yet it a [...]

    22. I didn't like this book. I didn't like the verbose narrative that plodded out a miserable history for two human beings. I didn't like the decisions that were made. There was only one character that I enjoyed and she was a whore and her replacement was even worse. It's a very long, sad, novel. It is about Jane and her husband whose name escapes me right this minute and their life and love. It also feels the need to tell you their entire histories up to and including past generations. Jane is a po [...]

    23. Even as a teenager, I could not believe this book ended the way it does. The author had 500+ pages to set us up, and I'm sure she wanted to strike a heart-rending, melodramatic chord, but all she succeeds in making us do is blink, shake our heads, and turn back through several chapters to see if we'd missed something. It's not likely that she wanted to overwhelm us with the uncertainty of real lifeher characters and most of the things that happen to them are anything except realistic. When Isaac [...]

    24. I tried, I tried so hard to like this book. The potential was there - if you were looking for an epic novel and not a vacation read.The intertwined lives of two star-crossed lovers, now middle-aged on the edge of divorce. Tragedy strikes within the first few pages and we are sent back in time to see how the destiny of the two main characters brought them to this point.It was really fascinating, but after 100 pages I just wanted to know how it ended. I would have flipped through to the last pages [...]

    25. The ending had me bawling my eyes out and screaming "WTF" in my head for about a couple of minutes before I let it all sink in. This book proves to show that Susan Isaacs could let her characters charm you, peel off all your layers and hook your heart. And when she has it, you have to ready your tear ducts because ,one way or the other, it's gonna be a whip-splash drama. I'm typing this raw. Fresh off from this book so excuse me for being overly attached and dramatic. Despite that and the allite [...]

    26. "Almost Paradise" was almost great. What would have made it great would be about 200 fewer pages. At 500 pages long, it was just too much. I don't think that the main storyline would have been compromised by leaving all 3/4 of the background information going all the way back to each set of great grandparents. It was just overkill. I liked both of the main characters. It was very believable and interesting. The ending was abrupt, not what I expected. I really enjoyed the teaser at the beginning [...]

    27. The first 4/5ths of this novel are great - Susan Isaacs at her best with richly drawn (funny) characters and sharp observations on life. The relationship between the narrator and her husband as they go through a separation in their marriage is filled with back-story and drew me in. Then the big problem: the ending. Absolutely a let-down. About as unsatisfying as possible. It almost makes the book not worth recommending at all but most of it is terrific. If you can enjoy the ride and not be disap [...]

    28. Books this long often get boring and drawn outI never felt that way while reading this! The story wove together two families, and all their drama through many decades, and it kept my attention the whole time. It was like a well-written, multi-generational, juicy, reality show, like "Keeping Up With The Kardashians", but not annoying. ;) The only thing that disappointed me was the ending, which I found a bit too abrupt and slightly unsatisfying. Overall a fun read, and Isaacs gets an A+ for creat [...]

    29. A very long story. I liked it a lot, but it did not need to go back 200 years to tell us who the characters were. Too many years and too many details of the blood line of each side of the main characters. Once it got to their story, it was much more interesting. It move pretty quick, even going back that far, it was really good for the current line. I was not thrilled with the ending, which to me was ambiguous, but one thinks one knows how it will go. From the start to the end, it is very high i [...]

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